What are the best single-player games on Steam?

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    World of Warships

    JB
    Jack Bailey
    Written on October 9, 2018
    "I've loved this game since it came out. It's full on strategy and naval clashes. Maybe it's because i'm really into battleships and stuff but definitely one of my favorite games!!"
    1. 48
      Portal 2
      Portal 2 is a first person puzzle game with a humorous story. In it, the "Perpetual Testing Initiative" has been expanded to allow you to design co-op puzzles for you and your friends. 
      Games

      Windows, Mac, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360

      $9.99

      XP
      Xiang Pan
      Written on July 3, 2018
      "This portal game gave justice to the first one and has proven that not all sequels suck. It provided me with countless hours of gameplay and excitement."
      XP
      Xiang Pan
      Written on July 3, 2018
      "This portal game gave justice to the first one and has proven that not all sequels suck. It provided me with countless hours of gameplay and excitement."
      LM
      Lauren Morrison
      Written on October 28, 2017
      "I have played Portal 2 with my sons for years. We have played it on the X-box but recently my husband moved us to Steam. While the picture is a bit smaller on a monitor the game play is just as good."
      AS
      Aaryan Subramanium
      Written on November 21, 2017
      "This is a great answer. The solution fits the topic perfectly and is satisfactory to anyone searching under this topic."
    2. 47
      Half-Life 2
      Half-Life 2  is a first-person shooter video game.It is the sequel to 1998's Half-Life. Taking place some years after the events of Half-Life, protagonist Gordon Freeman is woken by the enigmatic G-Man to find the world has been taken over by the alien Combine. 
      Games

      Windows, Mac, Linux

      $9.99

      CR
      Carl Roberts
      Written on July 3, 2018
      "This is my first ever suspense single player that actually scared the crap out of me. It literally scares the hell out of you for you never know when it is gameover."
      CR
      Carl Roberts
      Written on July 3, 2018
      "This is my first ever suspense single player that actually scared the crap out of me. It literally scares the hell out of you for you never know when it is gameover."
      CW
      Carolyn Watson
      Written on November 6, 2017
      "If you are looking for the best single-player game on Steam, Half-Life 2 is a really good option to consider. It is a first-person shooter game (FPS) that is a sequel to 1998's Half-Life and is a really highly-rated fun to play single-player game that you are sure to enjoy."
      AM
      Ana María Leal
      Written on November 20, 2017
      "WHENEVER I GOT FREE TIME, I SPEND IT PLAYING HALF LIFE 2. IT IS SO MUCH FUN. I LOVE IT"
    3. 40
      Don't Starve

      Don't Starve is a survival game developed by Klei Entertainment. It is full of strange creatures, dangers, and surprises. You'll need to gather resources, craft items, structures and, of course, don't starve. It also offers a multiplayer mode for users to enjoy playing with their friends.

      Games

      PlayStation4, Xbox One, Linux, Windows, Mac

      $14.99

      HR
      Harry Ramirez
      Written on July 3, 2018
      "This game is actually very interesting and very underrated it has various versions in different consoles and platforms but whatever platform you play it will I assure you it..."
      HR
      Harry Ramirez
      Written on July 3, 2018
      "This game is actually very interesting and very underrated it has various versions in different consoles and platforms but whatever platform you play it will I assure you it will be a game tor temember always."
      ZR
      Zachary Rodriguez
      Written on November 22, 2017
      "An interesting and exciting game to play. The game has decent graphics and is very fun to play. You have to find different items to craft things and structures. It has many different add ons that you can purchase to take the game further. There are many funny and interesting characters in this game. It will make the time pass very quickly when you open this app."
      AM
      Ashley McDonald
      Written on November 7, 2017
      "This game seemed like a good single player game. The graphics were okay and the story line was interesting."

    DID YOU KNOW?

    Did you know that early single-player games like Speed Race (1974) and Space Invaders (1978) only gained popularity after the rise of two-player games like Tennis for Two (1958) and Pong (1972)? A single-player video game is a game where actions and input throughout the course of the session only come from one person. Due to the lack of encountering other players in this specific game mode, single-player games usually rely on an engaging and intriguing story that’ll captivate its player, couple with a variety of interesting side characters that are usually designed to be as unpredictable as a real, thinking human being.

    The perfect examples for single-player games that managed to captivate its audiences for long periods of time are games from The Elder Scrolls and Fallout series, both developed by Bethesda Softworks. On top of that, Bethesda turned up as Metacritic’s top-ranked major publisher for 2017, despite their focus on single-player games and the sudden surge of popularity in multiplayer games in all gaming platforms. Back in 2015, Fallout 4 sold over 12 million copies and generated over $750 million in its first 24 hours. Some gaming developers now consider story-driven, single-player games as “non-enjoyable”, although many other developers and gamers beg to disagree.

    1. 40
      Quake
      This game was the next major game to be released by id Software after the success of Doom. Quake brings a more Gothic flavor to the FPS genre and, like its predecessor, has spawned copycats and sequels over the years.
      Games

      Web, DOS, Windows

      Free

      XP
      Xu Pan
      Written on July 3, 2018
      "Very classic game most of the first person shooters we know nowadays came from this very basic programmed game and I am very proud to have played this game."
      XP
      Xu Pan
      Written on July 3, 2018
      "Very classic game most of the first person shooters we know nowadays came from this very basic programmed game and I am very proud to have played this game."
      GP
      Grace Perkins
      Written on November 18, 2017
      "This is a classic first shooter game that really opened the door for future games like this. This game was ahead of the other offerings by a large margin with game play that still to this day will foster a great deal of attention. This is a game worthy of continuation for quite some time."
      JH
      Jane Howell
      Written on October 30, 2017
      "Quake is the successor to Doom and a great game to try if you like first player shooting games. This one has a darker theme reminiscent of a more goth scene. This is the original. Do not be fooled by imitations. I had a great time playing."
    2. 37
      Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons
      Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons is a cross-platform fairytale themed adventure. Guide two brothers on an epic fairy tale journey from visionary Swedish film director, Josef Fares and top-tier developer Starbreeze Studios. 
      Games

      Windows, iOS, Android, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360

      $14.99

      DJ
      Deborah Johnston
      Written on July 3, 2018
      "This is a very emotionally touching game. It reminded me and my brother that we always have each other no matter what. Literally drove me to tears while the story unfolded."
      DJ
      Deborah Johnston
      Written on July 3, 2018
      "This is a very emotionally touching game. It reminded me and my brother that we always have each other no matter what. Literally drove me to tears while the story unfolded."
      AM
      Arthur Morgan
      Written on November 27, 2017
      "I am a huge gamer. With Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons I was able to easily play and play with my family. This was a great game on Steam to come together and navigate."
      AY
      Arjun Yadav
      Written on November 4, 2017
      "probably not the best"
    3. 36
      Unreal Tournament 1999
      In Unreal Tournament 1999, you and your team of Bots are fighting in a tournament to attain the crown of Unreal Grand Master. You'll fight against ruthless galactic scum and keep your team working effectively.
      Games

      Windows

      $9.99

      FB
      Frank Barnett
      Written on July 3, 2018
      "Classic unreal games turned into one of the most successful mobile games and high platform games ever created!"
      FB
      Frank Barnett
      Written on July 3, 2018
      "Classic unreal games turned into one of the most successful mobile games and high platform games ever created!"
      MH
      Michelle Howard
      Written on November 5, 2017
      "This is the single-player game I have been searching for. There is so much going on-you'll never be bored. When I got the game I played for hours and couldn't stop. The avatars are diverse and the objectives are challenging enough to keep you interested, but not to a point where you give up. I loved this so much, I'm buying this for my nephew's birthday!"
      AC
      Adam Curtis
      Written on November 27, 2017
      "Unreal Tournament 1999 is the classic original game for the computer. This is the amazon version which is a standalone box. The graphics are dated and look almost bad, however the core gameplay is there and really fun to play still."
    4. 33
      Portal
      Portal is a first person puzzle platformer created by Valve
      Games

      Windows, Android

      $9.99

      ER
      Eduardo Rosas
      Written on July 3, 2018
      "This is simply one the best games I have ever played the humor mixed with adventure and excitement is like the perfect brew for a game."
      ER
      Eduardo Rosas
      Written on July 3, 2018
      "This is simply one the best games I have ever played the humor mixed with adventure and excitement is like the perfect brew for a game."
      KB
      Kevin Bowman
      Written on October 27, 2017
      "Portal is the greatest single player game ever made for PC, simple as that. If you have not played this game get it and love it."
      CR
      Christina Russell
      Written on November 24, 2017
      "This is a great single player player game. One of the best theyve published in awhile"
    5. 32
      Cuphead

      Cuphead is an indie run and gun action video game heavily focused on boss battles and inspired by cartoons of the 1930s. Through this game, players will take control of animated characters to fight several levels. 

      Games

      Windows, Xbox One

      $19.99

      VA
      Vincent Adams
      Written on July 3, 2018
      "This is a really difficult game and is really kind of frustrating but let me tell you this, it is simply magnificent."
      VA
      Vincent Adams
      Written on July 3, 2018
      "This is a really difficult game and is really kind of frustrating but let me tell you this, it is simply magnificent."
      RG
      Rakesh Gavde
      Written on January 15, 2018
      "Cuphead is a fun side scroller type game that will have you feeling incredibly engaged. It's a rather simple game to learn how to play but it's incredibly difficult to master. Cuphead offers challenging boss battles and obstacles that'll leave you frustrated but wanting more."
      TF
      Theresa Fuller
      Written on November 7, 2017
      "I don't care for this game at all. The graphics are good, but it's all just a bit too weird for me. It has dark vibe that just isn't for me."
    6. 31
      Orcs Must Die! Unchained
      Orcs Must Die! Unchained is an action tower defense game with team-based gameplay! Bust skulls with your friends in PvE co-op Survival, or put your teamwork to the real test in Sabotage Mode.
      Games

      Windows, Linux, Playstation 4

      Free

      EB
      Emma Baker
      Written on July 3, 2018
      "This can also be played single players and would be fun to have the option to play with friends simply amazing."
      EB
      Emma Baker
      Written on July 3, 2018
      "This can also be played single players and would be fun to have the option to play with friends simply amazing."
      XC
      Xu Chang
      Written on November 1, 2017
      "Orcs Must Die! Unchained is a fantastic single player game available on Steam. It offers many hours of entertainment through a tower-defense style game. Also, it's free to play!"
      MG
      Mildred Greene
      Written on November 29, 2017
      "Orcs Must Die! Unchained is available on Steam for PC. It's an action game with team-based gameplay, and is not a great choice for those interested strictly in singleplayer."
    7. 26
      Pit People

      Pit People is a strategy action role-playing video game by indie game developer The Behemoth. It was released on March 2, 2018, and can be played on Microsoft Windows PCs and Xbox One video game consoles.

      Games

      Windows, Xbox One

      $19.99

      DD
      Danielle Diaz
      Written on July 3, 2018
      "This is a great strategy RPG game it simply must make the big scenes and have people play it and be addicted to it! It requires a very powerful mind to finish."
      DD
      Danielle Diaz
      Written on July 3, 2018
      "This is a great strategy RPG game it simply must make the big scenes and have people play it and be addicted to it! It requires a very powerful mind to finish."
      MW
      Martha Watson
      Written on October 28, 2017
      "Pit People is a fairly average role playing game. The premise isn’t anything unique, but it’s fun nonetheless. There doesn’t seem to be much strategy involved; it’s not very complex. It is, however, a fun time-killer, and it’s enjoyable as a single-player game. Overall, it’s good but not great."
      SC
      Shreyas Chavan
      Written on November 30, 2017
      "Pit People gave me such a great time. I couldn't find a new game to play, but this one definitely helped cure my boredom. It was fantastic and I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for some fun."
    8. 24
      Orcs Must Die! 2

      Orcs Must Die! 2 is an action video game with the objective of defending towers and mines from the orcs. It is developed by Robot Entertainment and was released in July 2013 for MS Windows platform.

      Games

      Windows

      $14.99

      JC
      Jeremy Carlson
      Written on July 3, 2018
      "Kinda like the old Warcraft 3 game? with the orcs and everything else."
      JC
      Jeremy Carlson
      Written on July 3, 2018
      "Kinda like the old Warcraft 3 game? with the orcs and everything else."
      JW
      Joyce Wang
      Written on November 18, 2017
      "Orcs Must Die! 2 is a good sequel to the original. The endless waves mode is a great way to have some fun. Good strategic fun."
      RM
      Ralph Martinez
      Written on November 1, 2017
      "way better options out there"
    9. 21
      Warhammer 40,000: Freeblade

      Warhammer 40K: Freeblade is a free-to-play multiplayer action and adventure video game from Pixel Toys. It can be played on Microsoft Windows computers, and iOS and Android mobile devices.

      Games

      iOS, Android, Windows

      Free - with in-app purchases

      Carlos Áviles
      Written on November 27, 2017
      "While the Warhammer universe has always fascinated me, this game assumes you are already a massive fan going in. The lore was so dense I could barely understand what was..."
      Carlos Áviles
      Written on November 27, 2017
      "While the Warhammer universe has always fascinated me, this game assumes you are already a massive fan going in. The lore was so dense I could barely understand what was happening. The game itself is of course fun to play, but the story was lost on me."
      Z.
      Zhaaligkeer .
      Written on September 8, 2018
      "article title: "what are the best single player games on steam" #3 "warhammer 40k: Freeblade is a multiplayer game" ..... am I missing something here or did the writer of the article do ZERO work here?"
      AN
      Aaryan Nair
      Written on November 1, 2017
      "Warhammer 40k is an amazing multiplayer game. My buddies and I have logged thousands of hours on this game. It's still good as a single player game but it's nowhere near as fun."
      JG
      Jesús Gallegos
      Written on November 30, 2017
      "looks alright but i would say it is far from the best"
    10. 21
      N++
      N++ is a platformer arcade video game about darting obstacles and avoiding enemies while collecting gold. It was developed and published by Metanet Software Inc. and was released on August 26, 2016.
      Games

      Windows, Mac

      $14.99

      AT
      Arnav Tata
      Written on October 29, 2017
      "After a boring day at work, feeling like a ninja just feels so good! I love this game, and so it would seem do many others based on the Steam and Metacritic ratings. And no ..."
      AT
      Arnav Tata
      Written on October 29, 2017
      "After a boring day at work, feeling like a ninja just feels so good! I love this game, and so it would seem do many others based on the Steam and Metacritic ratings. And no same-ole same-ole killing me some orcs with blood spattering everywhere. Works for me!"
      BB
      Brian Bailey
      Written on November 18, 2017
      "N++ is a really fun game. Steam always seems to come up with more great suggestions for me! Highly addicting."
    11. 16
      Supreme Commander

      Supreme Commander is a real-time strategy game developed by Gas Powered game and published by Square Enix. It features a world of strategy and tactics in a world filled with war and conflict. Terrain and graphics have a realistic touch to it as well as the feeling of command.

      Games

      Windows

      $12.99

      LJ
      Louis Jones
      Written on November 2, 2017
      "Supreme Commander is a Real time Strategy game that harkens back to the golden age of RTS games back in the late 90s and early 2000's. If you played Total Annihilation, then..."
      LJ
      Louis Jones
      Written on November 2, 2017
      "Supreme Commander is a Real time Strategy game that harkens back to the golden age of RTS games back in the late 90s and early 2000's. If you played Total Annihilation, then you'll be perfectly at home with this. It has a bit of a learning curve though."
      KF
      Kelly Ford
      Written on November 25, 2017
      "f you want the best RTS ever made, buy this and forged alliance, and then go to http://www.faforever.com/ There you'll have a community of joes and pros and can learn how to really play this game. And then go and watch Gyle's casts on youtube. Grab a beer and some chips, and watch a 1h epic game. You'll love it!"
    12. 15
      Total War: WARHAMMER

      Total War: WARHAMMER is a turn-based, empire-building with colossal, real-time strategy game developed by CREATIVE ASSEMBLY and published by SEGA. It features a world of ceaseless battles that is being led by different races in the quest for dominance and peace.

      Games

      Windows, Mac, Linux

      $59.99

      JS
      Jordan Simpson
      Written on November 24, 2017
      "This is kind of neat game, kind of like an RTS, but a little more cinematic than I was expecting. The mechanics are pretty good, though it seems overly complex to me..."
      JS
      Jordan Simpson
      Written on November 24, 2017
      "This is kind of neat game, kind of like an RTS, but a little more cinematic than I was expecting. The mechanics are pretty good, though it seems overly complex to me personally, but I came from Starcraft, which is fairly simple for an RTS."
      BH
      Bobby Hudson
      Written on October 30, 2017
      "I declare War! I also declare War is one of the most fun, all-out gonzo extravaganza's I've had in my time playing video games. What a blast. What a fun time. Col monsters and epic battles. Great fun."
    13. 14
      BattleBlock Theater

      BattleBlock Theater is a comedy co-op multiplayer video game developed and published by The Behemoth and was first released on April 3, 2013. Through this game, players will control a prisoner to play through games. 

      Games

      Windows, Mac, Xbox 360, Linux, Xbox One

      $14.99

      GM
      Guillermina Montoya
      Written on November 7, 2017
      "I like this. I love that it's a little different than a lot of the games i've played before. It gives me the option to play as one player AND it's on steam like I requested."
      GM
      Guillermina Montoya
      Written on November 7, 2017
      "I like this. I love that it's a little different than a lot of the games i've played before. It gives me the option to play as one player AND it's on steam like I requested."
      AJ
      Aaron Jones
      Written on November 24, 2017
      "seems okay but i would not say it is the best"
    14. 12
      Warhammer 40,000: Regicide
      Warhammer 40,000: Regicide is a brutal take on one of the greatest turn-based strategy games of all time. Regicide fuses multiple phases of gameplay with dynamic action. Maneuver your army into place and unleash a devastating array of tactical abilities to crush your enemies.
      Games

      Windows

      $9.99

      HN
      Howard Nelson
      Written on November 25, 2017
      "There is a lot about this game that I liked. The interface and graphics are top notch but it falls short on the controls and response. Sometimes the characters did not do what..."
      HN
      Howard Nelson
      Written on November 25, 2017
      "There is a lot about this game that I liked. The interface and graphics are top notch but it falls short on the controls and response. Sometimes the characters did not do what I wanted them to do. They would move the wrong way or not respond to the controls at all. It has some bugs and needs fixing before I would play it again."
      AW
      Ashley Wong
      Written on October 30, 2017
      "It still a popular franchise. The mashup game play made it confusing."
    15. 8
      Warhammer 40,000: Space Wolf
      Warhammer 40,000: Space Wolf is a free-to-play squad-based turn-based strategy with upgradable characters and perks. Plus collectible cards representing the arsenal of weapons and abilities. 
      Games

      Windows, Android, iOS

      Free

      BB
      Benjamin Baker
      Written on November 27, 2017
      "Warhammer 40,000: Space Wolf is a turn based single player game. It is available on the Steam platform for Windows. It is what you would expect a Warhammer 40,000 game to..."
      BB
      Benjamin Baker
      Written on November 27, 2017
      "Warhammer 40,000: Space Wolf is a turn based single player game. It is available on the Steam platform for Windows. It is what you would expect a Warhammer 40,000 game to be. It has all the classes that you would expect and it give a very good turn based experience. It has been very positively reviewed in its limited time on the market. It fits the topic very nicely."
      HJ
      Hansika Jindal
      Written on November 5, 2017
      "Oddly not a multiplayer. A odd for the franchise."
    16. 7
      Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II
      Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II is a fast-paced and action-oriented real-time strategy (RTS) game based on the Warhammer 40,000 universe. It has a sequel named Dawn of War III which was released in April 2017.
      Games

      Windows, Mac, Linux

      $19.99

      JJ
      Justin Jensen
      Written on November 4, 2017
      "I'm not a big fan of RTS games, but I liked this one. I spent hours playing it and had a great time."
      JJ
      Justin Jensen
      Written on November 4, 2017
      "I'm not a big fan of RTS games, but I liked this one. I spent hours playing it and had a great time."
      AW
      Andrea Welch
      Written on November 17, 2017
      "It follows well with the rest of the franchise. Still very engaging."
    17. 6
      Defense Grid: The Awakening
      Defense Grid: The Awakening is a unique spin on tower defense gameplay that will appeal to players of all skill levels. A horde of enemies is invading, and it's up to you to stop them by strategically building fortification towers around a base.
      Games

      Windows, Xbox 360

      $9.99

      AR
      Aaron Russell
      Written on November 22, 2017
      "This was a decent game back in 2008 when it was released with the current technology of the time. This is a game which appeals to people of many ages and level of game play..."
      AR
      Aaron Russell
      Written on November 22, 2017
      "This was a decent game back in 2008 when it was released with the current technology of the time. This is a game which appeals to people of many ages and level of game play experience. This game has produced many positive reviews which warrant its purchase as one that has a high probability of player satisfaction."
      RJ
      Reyansh Jindal
      Written on October 27, 2017
      "Standard Tower defense game, really nothing special, unique or ground breaking. If you're not sick of the genre by now, then go for it, there are plenty of other likely better and more popular options though"
    18. 3
      DG2: Defense Grid 2

      DG2: Defense Grid 2 is an action tower defense game developed by Hidden Path Entertainment. Published by 505 games, this game is a sequel to Defense Grid: The Awakening. It introduces new worlds and threats to test your tower placement strategies. With a bold new look, a compelling single-player campaign, and the addition of new game modes, online player-versus-player and multiplayer co-op, every play-through brings fun new opportunities and challenges.

      Games

      Windows

      $14.99

      SC
      Sandra Cole
      Written on October 31, 2017
      "I like tower defense games and my spouse loves them. I don't know which of us played this game more. We do have to work not comment on each others playing, though."
      SC
      Sandra Cole
      Written on October 31, 2017
      "I like tower defense games and my spouse loves them. I don't know which of us played this game more. We do have to work not comment on each others playing, though."
      HP
      Howard Payne
      Written on November 23, 2017
      "One of the best TD games ever made!"
    19. -1
      Don't Starve: Pocket Edition

      You are Mr. Wilson, a Scientist who has been appeared in a strange place. There you will have to try to survive and fight against unknown creatures. 

      Games

      Android, iOS

      $4.99

      ZL
      Zhang Li
      Written on November 7, 2017
      "Don't Starve: Pocket Edition is fun survival game on Steam for single players. You are the scientist Mr. Wilson who has to fight off creatures in a strange place which is a..."
      ZL
      Zhang Li
      Written on November 7, 2017
      "Don't Starve: Pocket Edition is fun survival game on Steam for single players. You are the scientist Mr. Wilson who has to fight off creatures in a strange place which is a vast wilderness world. The location and the characters are unique and fun to play."
      JS
      Jason Stephens
      Written on November 20, 2017
      "This is a good game to spend hours on but the strategic idea is too common these days. It is exciting and gets you nervous but if the price is too much for this idea. I would pay the amount but if there were some new strategies in the game."

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    Summary

    Best single-player games on Steam
    Rank Solutions Type Votes Price
    1 Portal 2 Games 48 Paid
    2 Half-Life 2 Games 47 Paid
    3 Don't Starve Games 40 Paid
    4 Quake Games 40 Free
    5 Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons Games 37 Paid
    6 Unreal Tournament 1999 Games 36 Paid
    7 Portal Games 33 Paid
    8 Cuphead Games 32 Paid
    9 Orcs Must Die! Unchained Games 31 Free
    10 Pit People Games 26 Paid
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